Jimmy Carter: white people feel superior to people of color

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter recently told AARP in an interview that “Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.”

Watch out for flying pigs and hell freezing over, because Jimmy Carter has finally said something that I agree with.

He’s right.

Let’s examine his statement. I think that it would be impossible to refute the part where he states that many Americans (I assume he means whites) have “feelings of superiority to people of color” (I assume he means blacks). For the purposes of this essay, I’m defining “people of color” to mean blacks only – not other “people of color.”

Given the evidence, it’s an entirely appropriate conclusion.

First, in all fairness, I must state that we’re talking about black “people of color” as a group. To be sure, there are many blacks who have exhibited superior abilities and/or intelligence compared to the majority of whites, so obviously there are exceptions. I submit, as a few examples, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Lt. Colonel Allen West, and I could name countless others, including personal friends and co-workers, whom I consider to be equal or superior to the average white person (myself included). Of course, there are exceptions. If the exceptions were the rule, whites would probably think themselves to be inferior to blacks.

But, as a group, I believe that the evidence provides ample support for an opinion that whites are superior to blacks.

That statement alone will no doubt get me labeled as a racist.

But, it’s not an opinion, it’s a statement of fact. If my statement is factual, it’s not racist, it’s a fact.

Some will take issue with the statement, some will immediately label it as a racist statement, but they will not be able to refute the following evidence. Consider the following reasons that a white person might feel superior to blacks.

Consider the following facts:

  • According to the National Vital Statistics Report on births for 2012 (latest data), out-of-wedlock births for blacks were 72.2%. For non-Hispanic whites the rate was 29.4%. It is a fact that the groups with the highest illegitimacy rates can be expected to struggle economically, educationally, and are more susceptible to criminal activity.
  • Politifact judged Don Lemon of CNN to be correct when he claimed that 67% of black children live in single-parent households (with no father present). Whites account for only 25%.
  • According to the U.S. Census, the percent of black families living in poverty was (in 2013) 27.2%. For white (not Hispanic), the figure was 9.6%.
  • The unemployment rate for blacks (in 2015) is 10.4%, for whites it’s 4.8%. This from Business Insider, January 2015.
  • The percentage of working-age population (25-64) with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) shows whites with a 30% level and blacks with only 15%. This data is from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
  • Graduation rates from high school are at about the same percentages with a 15% advantage to whites.
  • Blacks are disproportionately responsible for criminal activity in the United States. From Crime in the United States 2012 (the FBI report), blacks are charged with 28.1% of all crimes, despite only making up 12% of the population, and blacks are charged with 49.4% of murders with whites accounting for 48.2% – again, remembering that blacks only make up 12% of the population.
  • In a 2010 study, blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. The victimization rate for blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000). The offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost 8 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000) from: Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Research by Stanford University shows that although African-Americans constitute only 12 percent of America’s population, they represent 40 percent of the nation’s prison inmates.
  • Black and white IQ test scores gap varies from 13.5 to 15 points in favor of whites. This from a book, The Black-White Test Score Gap reviewed by the New York Times.
  • And when TV news shows images of rioting and looting, who is doing the rioting and looting? A rhetorical question that feeds the perception that blacks are inferior.

There is more, but you’ve seen enough. Given the evidence, it is entirely appropriate for any objective individual to conclude that whites are superior to blacks; the facts speak for themselves.

None of those statistics provide a reason that the statement is factual. There are many reasons for each of the presented facts, and many of them are environmental. For example, young blacks living in an inner city neighborhood of a big city are more likely to get a poor education, less likely to have a job, more likely to get into trouble, etc. They are more likely to riot and loot if they perceive some injustice has been committed. They are also the ones who are most apt to be combative and belligerent when confronted by authority and many are openly racist against whites. As a group, they bring down the perception of blacks across the board. Drugs and gangs also contribute to inner city blacks in bringing down the overall perception of the general black population.

Any reasonably intelligent individual over the age of 40 knows that all blacks are not represented by the statistics presented above, but the individuals contributing to the statistics are so numerous they tend to skew the perception of all blacks downward.

I don’t have the answers, and it would be presumptive of me to offer specific solutions to the previous list of black problems when I have neither the time nor the resources to do it justice. And, more qualified people than I have tried to pinpoint the reasons for the problems of the black community – with little success.

I will confess that I think that the source of most of the problems of the black community is the dissolution of the black family. What we have today is the result of little (or no) family supervision, not being taught responsibility and having few real role models to instill the desire for education and appreciation for honor and character in one’s life. Without a strong family environment, many black youth accept gang participation as a replacement.

No, my only point was to affirm Jimmy Carter’s statement that, as a group, whites do view themselves as being superior to blacks and there is ample empirical evidence to support that conclusion.




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9 Responses to Jimmy Carter: white people feel superior to people of color

  1. Hardnox says:

    A compelling post Garnet. The evidence and history would support your conclusion regardless who the reader is. Even my black friends opine “here they go again” when a riot erupts. The “they” is a reference to hoodrats.

    There is also a soft bigotry of low expectations instituted by lefties. One example: the SAT requirement for Harvard is 1400, yet the SAT requirement for blacks is only 1000. The whites think they are helping and the blacks think they are getting away with something. What they don’t realize is that blacks are immediately not expected to achieve as well as whites. Small wonder that the dropout rate in universities among blacks is so high when right out of the gate their own self worth is diminished. That in itself is racism.

    White superiority will only disappear when minorities champion their own successes and reject special privilege status while at the same time begin acting like responsible people. It is impossible for any group to claim racism when their actions are self deprecating and self destructive.

  2. Uriel says:

    Good post Garnet. The one thing that has always been pointed out (admittedly from white perspective) is that rather than taking the “can do” attitude as a group Blacks seem to prefer the “poor me-can’t do” attitude. I have known some fine Blacks in my lifetime. They CHOSE to be the best they could be. Women and men clawed and fought their way to an education, contributed to their communities and earned respect. I expect no less of the white group. Yet overall BOTH groups are failing because they have been taught inferiority and poor mental or physical abilities are acceptable, cheating and lying are the norm, reachable goals and achievements are unacceptable, And most importantly moral and social values are the same. By that I mean moral values are goals to strive for to make sense out of chaos and social are simply “flash bangs” and generational.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks Uriel, I think that all people have to do is compare blacks to Asians. But that would be a kind of “rhetorical” comparison ’cause we know the answer already. And the primary driving force behind Asian immigrant success is family pressure and a genuine desire to succeed.

      Blacks have had a work ethic weaned out of them by all of the freebie programs – so many get sustenance for doing nothing. Pop out another illegitimate bastard and see your welfare check go up. And, peer pressure to avoid “acting white” keeps young blacks from participating in educating themselves and how will an uneducated, unskilled individual support themselves? The only career path available to many of them is welfare recipient. And it’s NOT OUR FAULT! Until the black community accepts responsibility and changes, their standing cannot improve.

  3. tannngl says:

    Well, Garnet, you are obviously racist.

    Kidding, of course. I agree with your post. I think we all have the ability to be superior in this great nation. I believe it is our world view that makes us superior or inferior.

    Sad. Lyndon Johnson started this.

    • Garnet92 says:

      So true. There COULD have been greatness within each and every young black gang-banger, the sad thing is they repressed any opportunity to improve their lives and took the “easy” way out and declared that they were satisfied to collect welfare and commit petty crimes to sustain themselves – rather than study and work hard. Now, and in the future, they’ll pay a high price for their dumb decisions.

  4. Kathy says:

    Are whites superior to people whose pants are down around their knees, who talk in some sort of distorted English, who are satisfied to live off people who work hard? You bet they are.

    Are white people superior to Ben Johnson who made something out of nothing, or other educated men such as Clarence Thomas, Allen West and even actor Denzel Washington? No they’re not.

    But then as we’ve talked about before, that’s why there exists among the blacks a 10 percent. On average only 10 percent of blacks make the effort to better their lives.

    Carter and others like him try to slant that as a bad thing, and they need to stop. Making white people feel guilty doesn’t change the attitude of the blacks, it only bolsters the existing attitude of ‘you owe me because I’m black.’

  5. Garnet92 says:

    You’re right Kathy, Carter was making a disparaging remark when he said that – berating whites for thinking that way (typical Carter). And I think that you’ve hit a nerve with your statement regarding “effort.” That’s the problem with young blacks. They’re not pressed or pushed to make an effort to stay in school and actually learn stuff – too many are simply allowed to do as they wish – and that means goofing off and doing nothing to better themselves. That would be frowned upon as “acting white.”

    It’s sad that so many adult blacks have beaten the whole slavery meme into their children. It’s over, it’s done, that was 150 years ago, yet that seems to be a central tenet of black life – “you owe me because I’m black.”